Arsenal target Ki Sung-Yueng has revealed that he believes the rumoured interest from the Gunners is meaningful, and that links to bigger clubs have come as a result of his performances this season.
Late last week it was widely reports that the South Korean midfielder was on Arsenal’s transfer radar for this summer, and the player himself has quickly offered his own opinion on the speculation.
Ki, who has returned to his homeland for a summer break following a classy season with Swansea City told reporters how he was revelling in the fact that he may have caught the eye at big clubs, but also made it clear that he was only focused on playing for a side where he was guaranteed first-team football.
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"It’s meaningful if a big club pays attention to me and I think this happened because of my performance this season,” Ki said, as relayed by the South Wales Evening Post.
“The best team for me is the team where I can play on the field.”
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The right man?
Indeed it’s hard to rubbish the idea that Arsene Wenger might have turned his attentions to Ki as he looks to strengthen his midfield.
Not only would the 26-year-old be a far cheaper option than many of the other targets having been linked with the Emirates Stadium of late, but he’s also proven himself in the Premier League and so the usually-allotted teething time for new arrivals wouldn’t be necessary.
On top of that Arsenal are believed to have prioritised the acquisition of a midfielder who can not only add bite to the middle of the park but also promise flair. So far Ki has demonstrated both of those traits whilst playing for the likes of Swansea and Sunderland, and it could be that a transfer to a top four club unlocks the remainder of his potential.
Ki managed to bag eight goals from a defensive midfield position under Garry Monk this season just gone, and that in a side that only produced 46 Premier League goals in the entirety of the campaign.
Such a figure is testament to how well he can get forward, whilst his strength and composure in front of the back four has been a standout feature of Swansea’s season.
The question Wenger will now have to ask himself is whether or not Ki is a better option than such players as Morgan Schneiderlin and Ilkay Gundogan, both of whom have been suggested in recent weeks as potential competitors for Francis Coquelin’s anchoring berth in Arsenal’s midfield.
He might not be as flashy on the ball or likely to sell as many shirts, but from the evidence this campaign Ki certainly looks to be just as viable an option.
Arsenal fans what do you think? Should Arsene Wenger place his faith in Ki? Or is he better served going for someone with more European pedigree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.